An opening reception for “Diversity,” a four part show featuring subject matter from the sea to the surreal by photographer Joseph R. Votano, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Gallery at AdviniaCare, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 7. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. It is curated by C.J. Karch of Salem.
Votano released a statement, which said, “In writing this artist statement I realized that I deal mainly with ephemeral visual relationships of all kinds — hence ‘Diversity’ using the medium of digital photography to express what I see, feel and imagine. There are all sorts of different relationships: those among strangers or friends, nature and man, among species in nature, communal ones among people and those generated in one’s mind.
“Maybe it’s all those museums I’ve visited. Spending hours looking at painting and sculptures and always asking myself what is the intent of the artist is trying to convey. Recognizing the diverse intentions of artists plays out in developing diversity in your own thinking about subject matter and ways to treat it. This definitely carries over into the ephemeral visual relationships one sees.
“For example, think about how one can visually express solitude: a lonely person, an isolated tree, an empty room, a deserted seashore, such visual relationships are endless. How one responds to the scene before the camera is what makes us all a little different, consciously and subconsciously we are different, so why shouldn’t our diverse personality show up in diverse photographic works. When it happens, it’s usually results in creative outpourings in different subject areas.”
Admission is free.
For information, call 978-741-5700.